Founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, the Leach Pottery is arguably the most influential studio pottery in the world and was a formative influence on studio pottery in the UK. Since its foundation, the studio has educated potters, students and apprentices from around the world and it retains its global, yet fiercely local, character today.
The Pottery is managed by the Bernard Leach (St Ives) Trust Ltd, a registered charity, Founded in 2005, the T rust aims to advance public awareness of the work of Bernard Leach and his associates, to develop studio pottery and provide training in the craft of creating pottery. Leach’s studio was renovated in 2008 and now forms part of a museum on the site of the pottery to celebrate Leach’s life and work, as well as providing space for exhibitions throughout the year by leading international studio potters.
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